Memorial Day has many meanings to different people. Some look at it as a day off work or a three day weekend from school but for a military family who has loved ones that are overseas or who have lost their lives in a war, this day means so much more.
Many years ago it was referred to as Decoration Day, it was when Civil War mourners would decorate the graves of the soldiers with flowers. It was in 1971 when Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday. This day commemorates all men and women who have served in our armed forces and who have lost their lives defending our great country. This is a day when families visit cemeteries while some decorate the cemeteries with US flags- asking us to never forget what their sons and daughters, husband and wives have done for us to have our freedoms that we sometimes take for granted.
Memorial Day weekend is also the kick off to the summer season. Families get together for cookouts, picnics and the lakes are full of weekend boaters having a great time in the sun. I am from Indianapolis, so Memorial Weekend was always spent listening to the Indy 500 race on the radio while enjoying the family cookout.
It seems like over the years, Memorial Day has become less about remembrance. In the public life, most government offices are closed as well as schools and if you are blessed to be working for a company that observes Memorial Day you have the day off with pay as well.
So this year, while celebrating with friends and family, remember that there are families who have loves ones that are not able to be with them to celebrate. Some are on foreign soil defending our freedoms while there are those who have lost their lives while protecting ours.
Here is a video I would like to share.
How are you spending Memorial Day?